- The Stanford Center for Digital Health (CHD) is looking for ideas from innovators that "stimulate and support" creative uses of Apple Watch devices for mHealth use by offering $10,000 and 1000 Apple Watches to awardees for research purposes.
The Apple Watch Seed Grant is open for applications for its inaugural program. Eligible projects will positively influence the selected study population or clinical workflow, the CHD stated in an announcement.
A selection committee will award grants by reviewing proposals based on innovation, feasibility, approach, and healthcare significance. While Stanford faculty members and graduate students mentored by a Stanford faculty member are encouraged to apply, applications are open to professionals from all schools.
Applicants are required to submit a scientific proposal with the number of Apple Watches needed for the study, a research plan with a timeline, problem statement, a description of a project's potential impact, another description of interdisciplinary collaboration, and preliminary data as needed. Other application materials include an estimated project budget along with biographies and identifying information.
The Apple Watch has gained traction in the healthcare industry as a tool for monitoring and managing consumer-level healthcare along with making headway in the clinical care environment.
Payers are among those organizations actively looking to use the device in a managing patient wellness and care. Humana has turned the Apple Watch into a tool for managing medication, creating an app that allows users to order a medication as well as track orders, set refill reminders, and later, to set reminders to take the medication. Meanwhile, Aetna recently has turned to Apple to get its members more interested in mHealth by launching subsidized Apple Watches for employees and select member populations with the intent to create a mHealth platform.
Similar calls-to-action for innovators to create useful mHealth applications for the Apple Watch include CareKit, Apple's open source and consumer facing mHealth platform, which went live with four apps that can track pregnancy and newborn health, manage diabetes, track depression, and manage medication side effects.
Recipients of the grant are required to build a short preliminary report six months into the grant and a final three page report at the 12 month mark. The deadline for a proposal is February 26th, and if received, the grant is awarded in total for one year starting April 2017.